It was lucky race win number seven for Pedro Acosta in Mandalika as he stood on the top step once again. He was joined by polesitter Aron Canet and Fermin Aldeguer on the podium. Tony Arbolino, who is second in the championship, finished this race in sixth place.
Acosta got a brilliant start from the head of the second row and was up to second place before the first corner. At turn one, he was able to get past Canet and take the lead of the race.
Towards the back of the pack, there was an incident involving Alonso Lopez and Alberto Surrra. The Spanish rider was able to rejoin the pack but was unable to make up any places.
🚦LIGHTS OUT IN #Moto2 🚦
It's game on between @37_pedroacosta and Canet for the lead! ⚔️
— MotoGP™🏁 (@MotoGP) October 15, 2023
Canet and Acosta continued to trade the lead until the middle of the second lap when the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider was able to settle into the lead and started to increase the gap to the rest of the field.
Manuel Gonzalez was sat in behind the battling front pair with the harder tyres strapped to his Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 bike. He knew that his tyres would improve towards the end of the race and with the riders in front of him battling for the lead, he was hoping they would continue to lose grip on their softer option tyres.
Further down the field, Arbolino had made his way into fourth place and set the fastest lap on the second lap.
Also on the second lap, Filip Salac and Ai Ogura made contact and this meant that Salac went down at turn 17. Ogura was given a long-lap penalty because of this.
Aldeguer continued his rise up the field by getting past Somkiat Chantra for fifth place on lap three, then two laps later squeezed past Gonzalez for fourth.
Jeremy Alcoba received a double-long lap penalty for irresponsible riding.
On lap seven, Japanese rider Kohta Nozane crashed at turn 16.
Aldeguer and Gonzalez got past Arbolino for third place on lap six but on the following lap, the Italian rider was able to make up one spot before running wide. This allowed Gonzalez to make his way back through.
Zonta van der Goorbergh crashed out of eleventh place on lap ten at turn sixteen and was unable to rejoin.
Arbolino and Dixon had a good battle during the fourteenth lap trading fifth place until Dixon ran wide at turn sixteen and rejoined just in front of Chantra.
By lap 16 Acosta had brought out his lead to two seconds ahead of Canet.
On the penultimate lap, Arbolino made a mistake, and this allowed Dixon to get past him.
— MotoGP™🏁 (@MotoGP) October 15, 2023
Over the finish line it was Acosta, Canet and Aldeguer who stood on the podium. Dixon passed Gonzalez at the final corner for fourth place. Arbolino crossed the line ahead of Chantra, Sergio Garcia, Joe Roberts and Sam Lowes rounded out the top ten.
Feature Image Credit: Pedro Acosta (@37_pedroacosta) on X
|INDONESIAN MOTO2 GRAND PRIX, MANDALIKA – RACE RESULTS|
|1||Pedro Acosta||SPA||Red Bull KTM Ajo||(Kalex)||34m 51.641s|
|2||Aron Canet||SPA||Pons Wegow Los40||(Kalex)||34m 53.685s|
|3||Fermín Aldeguer||SPA||Beta Tools SpeedUp||(Boscoscuro)||34m 56.357s|
|4||Jake Dixon||GBR||Inde GASGAS Aspar Team||(Kalex)||35m 0.723s|
|5||Manuel Gonzalez||SPA||Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46||(Kalex)||35m 0.950s|
|6||Tony Arbolino||ITA||Elf Marc VDS Racing Team||(Kalex)||35m 3.362s|
|7||Somkiat Chantra||THA||IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia||(Kalex)||35m 4.822s|
|8||Sergio Garcia||SPA||Pons Wegow Los40||(Kalex)||35m 6.736s|
|9||Joe Roberts||USA||Italtrans Racing Team||(Kalex)||35m 9.937s|
|10||Sam Lowes||GBR||Elf Marc VDS Racing Team||(Kalex)||35m 10.806s|
|11||Dennis Foggia||ITA||Italtrans Racing Team||(Kalex)||35m 11.230s|
|12||Bo Bendsneyder||NED||Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team||(Kalex)||35m 11.494s|
|13||Darryn Binder||RSA||Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP||(Kalex)||35m 11.627s|
|14||Taiga Hada||JPN||Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team||(Kalex)||35m 13.545s|
|15||Albert Arenas||SPA||Red Bull KTM Ajo||(Kalex)||35m 14.673s|
|16||Marcos Ramirez||SPA||OnlyFans American Racing||(Kalex)||35m 18.770s|
|17||Ai Ogura||JPN||IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia||(Kalex)||35m 20.916s|
|18||Alex Escrig||SPA||Forward Team||(Forward)||35m 23.218s|
|19||Rory Skinner||GBR||OnlyFans American Racing||(Kalex)||35m 24.510s|
|20||Jeremy Alcoba||SPA||QJMOTOR Gresini Moto2||(Kalex)||35m 26.254s|
|21||Izan Guevara||SPA||Inde GASGAS Aspar Team||(Kalex)||35m 28.498s|
|22||Lukas Tulovic||GER||Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP||(Kalex)||35m 34.189s|
|23||Lorenzo Baldassarri||ITA||Fantic Racing||(Kalex)||35m 36.287s|
|24||Mattia Casadei||ITA||Fantic Racing||(Kalex)||35m 42.547s|
|25||Alonso Lopez||SPA||Beta Tools SpeedUp||(Boscoscuro)||+1 lap|
|Barry Baltus||BEL||Fieten Olie Racing GP||(Kalex)||DNF|
|Zonta Vd Goorbergh||NED||Fieten Olie Racing GP||(Kalex)||DNF|
|Kohta Nozane||JPN||Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46||(Kalex)||DNF|
|Filip Salac||CZE||QJMOTOR Gresini Moto2||(Kalex)||DNF|
|Alberto Surra||ITA||Forward Team||(Forward)||DNF|